LaGene Ross Sims passed away January 23, 2022 in South Jordan, Utah of Coronavirus. She was born in Vernal, UT June 7, 1949 to Val Gene Ross and LaWanna Manwaring Ross. She and her mother lived the first 18 months of her life with her grandparents while her father finished his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints in Canada. She lived in Utah until she was 7 years old when her family then moved to Washington. She graduated from Redmond High School in 1967 then attended Weber State College where she met Rodney Wayne Sims at the Institute of Religion. They were married on December 13, 1968 in the Salt Lake Temple. They first lived in Ogden for 5 months then in Holladay for 5 months. They moved to West Valley City where they lived for 10 years. They have since owned their home in South Jordan from March 1979 until the present. She served in numerous church callings throughout her life and her favorite callings included: Young Women’s President and Branch Specialist at Pheasant Run Alzheimer’s Unit. She enjoyed working as a school crossing guard in early 1980’s from which she transferred to be a teacher’s aide at Monte Vista Elementary to assist her son – Paul. She continued there until 1991. She then transferred to Jordan Resource Center (JRC, later called River’s Edge) where she worked as a para-educator teaching sewing, cooking, jewelry making, etc. until June 2013 when she retired. She was a wonderful cook and crafter. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 53 years: Rod, her devoted children: Rodney Wayne Sims II (Jennifer), Paul Uruma Judd (Jessica), Crista Sharlynn Yancey (Will), her loving grandchildren (her whole world): Corbin, Jaden, Cymmone, Rodney Wayne III, Jaxon, Madison, Jaden, Jordan, and her wonderful siblings: Val Duane (Ruth), Ann (Eric), Glade (Laura), Richard (Jane), and Sharee (Jim).
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To Rod & the rest of Genie's family and friends, my sincere condolences. we have lost a good one. I worked with Genie at JRC & RES for a number of years. The things that come to mind are: how willing she was to help out, she was reliable, honest, and kind, willing to learn and teach and true to her beliefs, but also willing to put up with a "wild bunch" of coworkers. I have many fond memories of working with Genie and know she will be sorely missed by Rod and her family and friends. Take care of each other.
We will miss Genie so much. I can make pie crusts because if her patience and skills. We wanted to be there today to pay tribute to her and to your family, but due Covid we were not able too. you have been our neighbors and friends for 44 years and have blessed our lives and the lives if our children and even several grandchildren as you served your callings faithfully. Genie you were definitely a bright spit in our lives, we will miss you.
Aunt LaGene, you'll be missed. Thank you for your kind and gentle manner with your grand neices and nephews. I remember you making jewelry with my daughters when we visited and you patently working with them as they created their treasures. A small thing, but a reminder that life is just a series of connections with others... I'm glad they were able to connect with you! Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us!